Multi-million pound Sheffield warehouse conversion plan set to create 40 flats

A Victorian warehouse in Sheffield’s popular Kelham Island district is set to be transformed into 40 flats.

Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 8:25 am

Work on the Nichols Building, Shalesmoor, is set to start this summer, with the development opening in May 2022, developer Ashgate says.

It plans to create private flats and 10,000 sq ft of commercial space and retain original features including mosaic tiling, stone and brickwork.

The building is beside the Shalesmoor dual carriageway close to the Shalesmoor roundabout, on the opposite side from Kelham Island proper.

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How the Nichols Building could look

Originally used as a grocer’s warehouse, it was a vintage emporium before it closed in September 2018. It has been empty since.

Matthew Jacques, director of Ashgate, said: “The Nichols Building has a rich history and is an iconic location in Kelham Island, so we were determined to give it a new lease of life. Our scheme will not only bring the building back into productive use, but will provide sustainable, eco-friendly living for residents of Sheffield

Structural and renovation works will take place first, he added. Then local design company 93ft will install a ‘minimalist’ interior.

In 2018 The Star reported the Nichols Building Antique and Vintage Centre was closing to make way for a £6m redevelopment of shops, cafes, bars and nearly 50 apartments.

How the inside could look.

Ashgate is borrowing £3.25m from Lloyds Bank.

Peter Egan, of Lloyds, said: “Forward thinking schemes like this not only help to preserve and regenerate much-loved community assets, but deliver new homes that are truly fit for the future.”

The announcement comes as Leeds developer Citu announces plans for 113 homes in Kelham Island.

The Nichols Building in 2018. Picture: Dean Atkins

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